Water is the basis of all life and that includes your body. The muscles that move your body are 75 percent water. Your blood, responsible for the transport of nutrients through your body is 82 percent water. They are 90 percent water, while their brain is 76 percent water. Even your bones are 25 percent water!
When it comes to water, most people believe they need to drink more than they currently do and, without conscious effort, this never seems to happen. The wonders of water are well documented, from the skin and bright eyes to the prevention of kidney stones. However, as with most nutritional information, there is so much contradictory information that it is difficult for consumers to really know how much is enough.
Without water, a human will usually live alone for three days. So essential is this liquid for our survival, that we need it more than food. Currently, science tells us that we need 33 ml of water for every kilogram of body weight. Therefore, a 70 kg person requires 2310 ml (2.31 liters) per day. However, we tend to forget that many plant foods have a high water content and this contributes to our overall water consumption during the day. Herbal teas and soups also add up. However, foods and beverages that contain caffeine and alcohol extract water from our bodies and the more we consume, the greater our fluid requirements.
Fruits and vegetables almost always contain more than 70 percent water, so the more we eat, the less we should consume as a liquid. Naturally, the perspiration and the increase of breathing rates generated by exercise increase our need for water, but the specific amounts needed are difficult to determine. Trust your thirst when it comes to this. Thirst is the natural way to let him know he needs to drink!
Thirst and hydration
Some people rarely feel thirsty, while for others, their thirst never seems quenched. Some people are reluctant to increase their fluid intake because they get tired of running frequently to the bathroom. However, for others, increasing their fluid intake makes them feel bloated and uncomfortable. With all these different scenarios, it is not surprising that there is so much conflicting information. So, what is behind these differences and what can you do about it?
Just because you drink water does not necessarily mean that the cells in your body are hydrating. Imagine that every cell in your body looks ideally like a grape. This is the case when your cells are hydrated. A dehydrated state means that your cells look more like a sultana and this may be the result of inadequate water intake, a lack of minerals or a deficient function of the adrenal gland, often due to chronic stress, trauma, excess caffeine or alcohol.
To absorb the water you drink in your cells, you need calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and chloride. Some of these minerals have their home inside the cell, while others reside outside the cell wall. All these minerals communicate with each other and if one is present in higher concentrations than another or, alternatively, if one of those minerals is missing, it can be difficult for water to enter the cell. Physically, when the water remains outside the cell, it manifests as a sensation of fluid retention that, for some people, is so noticeable that the clothes pass through them as the day progresses. You can change this by improving the mineral balance of your diet and taking care of your liver.
One of the best ways to improve your mineral intake is to base your diet on what I have come to call low human intervention foods: low HI foods. Most vegetable foods obtain their minerals from the soil in which they are grown, so that foods that come from organic, biodynamic or composted soils tend to be superior in their mineral profile. Green leafy vegetables have a broad mineral profile and include calcium, magnesium and potassium. Nuts and seeds are a great addition to any food or meal as a snack and contain a powerful mineral punch! Coconut water, fresh from a young coconut is also a wonderful way to increase the mineral content of your diet and can also help with fluid retention.
People with low blood pressure often feel better with a little less than the amount of water required, since more water can dilute their levels of minerals in the blood. However, increasing the intake of all the minerals mentioned above can make a significant difference in that feeling of low blood pressure. A pinch of pink salt in your water a few times a day can help in this situation.
It is also possible to drink too much water and one of the first symptoms that usually occurs in this situation is dizziness (note: dizziness is a symptom of many conditions and is not always related to excessive consumption of fluids). Again, this will happen when the concentration of minerals in your blood becomes too thin. So it seems that with most things, moderation is the key.
Your body uses minerals to (among other things) create electrolytes. Often described as the sparks of life, electrolytes transport electrical currents through the body, sending instructions to cells in all systems of the body. Electrolytes are also necessary for the production of enzymes, which are responsible for digesting food, absorbing nutrients, muscle function and the production of hormones. Dehydration therefore affects all the systems and functions of the body.
The basis of life
Our health depends to a large extent on the quality and quantity of the water we drink. Chronic involuntary dehydration can contribute to pain and inflammation in the body and may even be involved in the development of many degenerative diseases.. So help your body prevent this type of disease by increasing your water intake on a regular basis. Set up rituals in your day to mark your memory that it is time to drink. Start your day with a glass of warm water with lemon juice, for example. Try to drink water away from your meals, since water can dilute the power of stomach acid, necessary for optimal digestion of your food. Make drinking enough natural water a habit in your life. It will not take you long to feel the benefits. It is a wonderful investment in your long-term health.
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